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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

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Olive KitteridgeOlive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A uniquely written collection of short vignettes that are linked together by the character, Olive Kitteridge. Olive is a retired schoolteacher who lives in Cosby, Maine. She is snotty, cantankerous, and a busybody and is married to the town’s Pharmacist. Their home life is stoic and lacks the passion that Olive and her husband desire. In one story, Olive, who has babied her only son, is trying to talk to him about his wedding. He is cold and unwilling to talk to Olive who most desperately wants to be involved. It is sad. Olive creates this relationship with her son, and must deal with all its ramifications. This book deals with everyday people and real human nature. The stories are profound and show that people are composed of many layers. I really enjoyed this book. I felt I could relate to the complexities of the characters, especially Olive.

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